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Thriller Thursday (3/9/17 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday! First, some nice awards news: three Minotaur titles have been nominated for the 2017 Barry Awards:

Best Novel
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny

Best Thriller
THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope

The readers of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine will vote on these nominations and the award winners will be announced as part of the Opening Ceremonies of Bouchercon in Toronto on October 12, 2017.

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
Two starred reviews! Set in northern Norway around Trondheim, Brekke’s “stellar”* third installment in his Odd Singsaker homicide detective series is divided into four sections and follows what happens when Odd searches for his missing wife. “This narrative device is initially perplexing, but it all makes perfect sense in the end.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review

BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon
Two starred reviews! “After a tantalizing prologue, Obregon maintains a high level of suspense throughout his superior fiction debut, an intricately constructed whodunit that doesn’t sacrifice depth of characterization for plot. While the complex mystery itself will keep readers turning pages, the book’s real strength is Iwata, a compellingly tormented lead, whose demons don’t prevent him from doggedly pursuing the truth.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

THE VIOLATED by Bill Pronzini
In this standalone from award-winning author Pronzini, a registered sex offender is suspected of killing and mutilating a man in a small California town. “This is a psychological novel dressed up in a thriller suit, which means the teeth are showing, and Pronzini’s skill keeps things moving. Another satisfying tale from a crime master.” — Booklist

What’s tingling your spine this #ThrillerThursday? Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib.

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